Citronella oil is one of the major essential oils. Derived from the extracts of the Asian grass plant â€œCymbopogon nardusâ€, the oil has a rose-like odor and bitter taste. It is used in the perfumery and cosmetic industry. The goodness of citronella oil is also used in aromatherapy, in processing deodorants, perfumes, as well as for manufacturing of soap, detergent, cosmetics and industrial polishes. The antiseptic and bactericidal properties present in the organic citronella oil makes it useful for traditional and modern medicinal applications.
Over the years, there has been an increasing adoption of citronella oil in the agriculture sector, due to its wonderful insecticidal properties. The citronella oil can be blended with the organic fertilizers. This oil blend is especially adopted by farmers who are apprehensive about adding toxic chemicals to the soil, which are harmful to the environment.
Use of Citronella Essential Oil as Green Pesticides
An overuse of pesticides has prompted the scientists to shift their focus towards something effective and eco-friendly. Green pesticides are economic, target-specific as well as biodegradable. Since essential oils show a broad spectrum of activity against pest insects and plant pathogenic fungi, these constituents act as active ingredients in the form of green pesticides.
Medicinal Properties of Citronella Oil
- Insect repellent
Citronella Oil as an All-Natural Insect Repellent
Citronella is a gentle insect repellent used against dangerous Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which are capable of spreading â€œdengue fever.â€ It is a soul-soothing essential oil. As a powerful antioxidant and a phytochemical, citronella oil is a popular constituent in most commercially sold products particularly insect repellents. In fact, this oil has the highest insect repellent efficacy. As it is defensive against bacteria and fungi, this oil has been excessively used in the agricultural sector.
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